Well, you guys are AWESOME. The first-anniversary party on Tuesday night was absolutely perfect. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out — I’m still glowing and totally overwhelmed by all your support, not just this week but for the last year. I especially would like to thank Heather and Jeff Pine Box Rock Shop for letting a total stranger throw a party in their bar; Jocelyn, Jeremy and Emily from Pearl and the Beard for picking the tunes (come hang with me at their show on Feb. 16!); my friend Tony for helping me make 300 tiny cupcakes and keeping me sane; and the amazing Missy Kayko for lending her badass design talents to the event poster. Check out a few photos from the party below, and find the rest on ETB’s Facebook page. (All photos here by Evan Daniels except for top photo and the first two after the cut). The bar recreated Jocelyn’s Good Winter cocktail and it was amazing; and you guys made a pretty decent dent in those cupcakes… but I don’t think the eMusic office was complaining about the leftovers on Wednesday!
I’m also sharing the recipe for the vegan red wine chocolate cinnamon cupcakes I made; recipe at the bottom! (Blood orange cupcake recipe coming later…)
Vegan red wine chocolate cinnamon cupcakes. Makes about 36 mini cupcakes. Recipe adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World‘s Chocolate Stout cupcakes and inspired by the (non-vegan) red wine chocolate cake I made a few months ago.
3/4 cup soy milk
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 teaspoon if you want it super cinnamon-y/almost spicy)
1/4 cup red wine
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
• Whisk together soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl.
• In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix. Set aside.
• Add wine, sugar, oil and vanilla to the milk mixture and beat until foamy.
• In two batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat until well combined, about 2 minutes.
• Bake for 15 minutes. You can also do this as 12 full-size cupcakes, but you’ll have to adjust the baking time.
Red wine “buttercream” frosting
I should note that this can be made as a normal buttercream, too: Use 1 stick of regular butter; cream until fluffy, then follow the rest of the directions.
1/4 stick Earth Balance shortening (or any other vegan shortening), at room temperature
1/4 cup Earth balance, at room temperature
About 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons red wine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together shortening and “butter” until well combined. Yes, it will make really gross noises.
• Add sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, and mix on medium-high until fluffy.
• Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons wine, beat until well combined. Add the rest of the wine and repeat. Adjust flavor and texture by adding more sugar and/or wine. In the end it should feel just slightly thicker than whipped cream.
• Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.